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What is this life if full of care We have no time to stand and stare. Discuss briefly the message of the poet gives through these lines? OR Describe in your own words the views of William Davies on the life of man of modern age? OR Give in fifteen sentences the substance of the poem Leisure? Leisureby W. Davies is an enjoyable poem. It moves us emotionally. It also provides us food for thought. The poet has criticized the life of a man of modern age. He has condemned the materialistic attitude of life that makes it ugly and unpleasant. He thinks that the desire for material progress has given man unnecessary cares and worries of life. He remains awfully busy day and night. The love of earning money makes him indifferent to all the charms and pleasures of life. As compared with other animals, man can never rest contented. He has no time to enjoy the beautiful scenes of nature. Being in not hurry, he also ignores pleasures of looking at the smiling face of a charming girl. The fever and fret of worldly responsibilities deprives him of sweet moments of leisure and rest. If human life is nothing but painful cares and worries, then it is really poor and miserable. Man should give as much importance to pleasure and peace of mind as to the earning of money to raise his status. ************************************* What are some of the simple delights we miss in our rushed life? OR Point out the beauties of nature that can be a source of pleasure for man in his day-to-day life? In his poem, Leisure, William Davies has condemned the wasting of human life through a wrong attitude. He thinks that life in this world is a golden opportunity and gift of God. It should be availed of fully and properly. The primary aim of life should be the attainment of pleasure and enjoyment in all of its varieties. Unfortunately the people of this industrial and mechanical age ignore this important purpose and devote themselves fully to the earning of money. They try to amass as much wealth in their lives as can be possible. This makes them hurried and worried all the time. God has placed unlimited treasures of aesthetic pleasures in the world of nature. But the busy people of modern age have neither time nor attention to pay to them. For example, the green trees with their cheerful branches are a very pleasing sight. It is also pleasurable to see little squirrels hiding nuts in the grass. The clear water of lakes presents a charming reflection of starry sky. It is also a gift of nature for mankind to get the wealth of wonder and pleasure. But very few of us are prepared to benefit from such rare sights. Perhaps nothing can be more pleasurable for a man than charming faces and loving look of a beautiful young girl. But the ever busy people of modern age have no time to stop and enjoy such beauties. ************************************* Define personification. Can you point out the personification used in this poem, Leisure by Davies? Personification is a literary device. It is used to make an idea rich and beautiful. Poets often use this method of expression. If a lifeless thing or idea is presented as a living being, with its own character and qualities, it is called personification. William Davies has also made use of personification in his poem, Leisure. He wants to emphasize how beauty of nature can be source of joy and pleasure for man. Beauty of nature can be found in green trees, shinning stars and clear streams. It can also reflect itself from the charming face and attractive eyes of a young maid. The young girl in this poem has been used as a symbol of natural beauty. The poet wants to show how an object of beauty catches the eye of a man and influences his heart. The beautiful young girl in this poem is shown to be full of love. The love found in her heart is ready to spread to her face and to shine through her eyes. If the young man responds to her

inviting eyes, she may start dancing out of joy. But the young man is in such hurry that he ignores such fascinating scenes of beauty and goes to attend to his business of life. ************************************* William Davies laments the hurried manner in which we spend our lives depriving ourselves of savouring the richness and diversity that life offers. Discuss with reference to his poem, Leisure? William Davies laments in his poem,Leisure about the hurried manner in which we spend our lives depriving ourselves of savoring the richness and diversity that life has to offer. He is sorry for the modern man who is so much absorbed in his material pursuits that he hardly finds any time to see the colors and hear the sounds of life. Nature and manifestations of nature are lying bare and open for us everywhere but we have closed our eyes for these. There are trees and plants. There are squirrels in the woods. There are brightly shinning waves in the stream. There are twinkling stars in the sky. Beauty itself is present. It is looking at us with its sweet glance. Its eyes are smiling and its lips are also going to smile. Its feet are going to dance. But we are so strange persons that we dont have any leisure or spare time to see the beauty incarnate and enjoy seeing it! We are passing a very poor life because we may have collected a lot of wealth, still we lack the appreciation of beauty that lies bare for use everywhere in the world. We are always busy in getting and spending money and do not at nature which is ours as Wordsworth has put it in oe of his sonnets. According to Davies, life is nothing but a constant cares and worry if we are unable to find leisure for standing and staring at nature and its manifestations like simpleton. Life must be enjoyed and relished and appreciated in a leisurely manner! Ere